Season of Migration to the North

by

Tayeb Salih

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Wad Baseer Character Analysis

Wad Baseer is a traditional “village engineer” in the village of Wad Hamid in Sudan. He has never attended school. Before the arrival of water pumps, he was charged with constructing water wheels along the banks of the Nile river that irrigated villagers’ farm fields. He goes out of business once the new, modern water pumps arrive in the village.

Wad Baseer Quotes in Season of Migration to the North

The Season of Migration to the North quotes below are all either spoken by Wad Baseer or refer to Wad Baseer. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the NYRB Classics edition of Season of Migration to the North published in 2009.
Chapter 5 Quotes

Though Wad Baseer is still alive today, he no longer makes such doors as that of my grandfather’s house, later generations of villagers having found out about zan wood doors and iron doors which they bring from Omdurman. The market for water-wheels, too, dried up with the coming of pumps.

Related Characters: The Narrator (speaker), Wad Baseer
Related Symbols: The Nile River
Page Number: Book Page 59
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Wad Baseer Character Timeline in Season of Migration to the North

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Chapter 5
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...narrator goes to his grandfather’s house, standing outside a door built by the “village engineer” Wad Baseer . He notes, however, that Baseer is no longer in business in the village; he... (full context)